How does a heat exchanger work?


Quick Answer

Most heat exchangers are designed in such a way that one fluid, usually a gas or liquid, passes through a tube or metal separator, while another fluid circulates around the partition. This allows for the heat exchange to occur without the two fluids mixing together. Continue Reading

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A heat exchanger is a mechanical device that functions by transferring heat from one material to another through the process of conduction. The  media typically involved in a heat exchange are fluids of varying temperatures.

A common example of a heat exchanger is the radiator of a vehicle. It functions by dissipating the heat coming from the cooling mechanism of the engine by using the cold air outside. The radiator keeps the engine from overheating.

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